Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story

Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story

by Michael E. Williams Sr


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Everyone is a storyteller, according to Michael Williams, and all of us are on a spiritual journey. Storytelling helps us make sense of our lives, the world around us, and God. When we tell stories, we speak a world into being—just as God did in the creation accounts in the book of Genesis.

Spoken into Being is both a guide to telling our own stories and a reminder that we have been spoken into being as part of a much larger story. It is a voyage of discovery for those of us who wish to deepen our experience of God’s presence in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835817073
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 205,389
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Williams is a retired senior pastor, West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. The author of numerous articles, stories, poems, plays, and books, he served as general editor of The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible series from Abingdon Press. Michael has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Nashville and have two adult daughters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Tell Me a Story 11

Preface 13

Overture The First Creation Story 19

Chapter 1 What Are Stories, and What Do They Do? 23

Chapter 2 Finding the Sacred in Your Story 43

Interlude The Second Creation Story 61

Chapter 3 The Paradox and the Journey 67

Chapter 4 Stories of Fear, Fantasy, and Faith 79

Conclusion 105

About the Author 109

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